I am looking to create a website about social media. The target audience is entrepreneurs. I will not be using screen shots about the different social media sites. Just posting about facebook, youtube, twitter, pinterest and many other social media sites. Any problems with this?
Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
I don't see a problem as long as you're telling the truth. I think use of any of the logos etc would not be an infringement because the law would consider it a "fair use.". Good luck.
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Intellectual Property Law Attorney
You intend to create a company that publishes information about other companies. And you want to know whether that's lawful? Yes it is, so long as what you write is lawful and what you publish is lawful [and, no, publishing the other companies' logos is likely NOT lawful]. No one, obviously, can tell you whether what you write and what you publish is lawful or not without first reading what you write and viewing what you publish. What laws apply? At least defamation, trademark, copyright and advertising law. Speak with your own intellectual property attorney before starting this business. Good luck.
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Are You Planning on Opening a New E-Commerce Website?
There is much you need to know as you begin your new business. I suggest you do not attempt to write your own legal policies. This is not where your training and background lie, and though you are probably as smart as an attorney, you do not have their experience.
Below is a checklist for legal issues I use for new e-commerce clients.
1. Business entity - Are you going to be a C corp, an LLC or a sole proprietorship?
2. Terms of Service - This is your contract with your visitors and is the most important item for any e-commerce site. A little work here brings big dividends in the future.
4. FTC guidlines - The FTC has been regulating business advertising for almost a century. All of their advertising guidlines apply to e-commerce sites.
5. Domain Name issues? Is your name available. Can you create a Trademark?
6. Trademark - Do you have a brand name free from conflict? Should you start with just common law rights? Should you register the mark, and when?
7. Copyright - If it is on the web, it already belongs to somebody. Did you buy a license for the images you are using? Do you have a DMCA notice on your web site?
8. Do you need a DMCA policy?
9. Web Site security issues?
10. Do you need and have an EIN? You can get that for free.
11. Do you have employees? - If so you need written policies regarding their authority and use of the internet.
12. Do you know the difference between a "browser wrap" and a "click wrap" and which do you need?
When I discuss this list with clients other issues arise. Finally, I always discuss with my clients their need for good accounting services. An accountant's advice as you start up can save you many dollars in tax that you might not save if you wait to speak to an accountant until your first tax return is due.
I hope this list will give you pause to think about those issues for which you might need to seek professional advice.
You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Most lawyers on Avvo, including myself, offer a free phone consultation.
Andrew M. Jaffe
Attorney at Law
Practice Limited to E-Commerce and Internet Law
This post is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice specific to you. This general information is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney in your jurisdiction. The attorney client relationship is not established by this post.
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